Judge overrules Gov. Lee in school opt-out mask policy in Shelby County

Shelby County, Tenn. — A temporary restraining order has been issued against Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s school mask opt-out policy in Shelby County.

A federal judge granted the restraining order after Gov. Lee was sued by two Shelby County families after they claimed their children caught COVID-19 in school.

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According to court records, the court ordered that Governor Lee is prohibited from enforcing the policy, Executive Order No. 84, in Shelby County and that parents may not opt-out of Shelby County’s mask mandate as specified under Shelby County Health Order No. 25.

The federal judge ruled that Executive Order No. 84 is unlawful and that temporary restraining order will remain in place until 4 p.m. on Sept. 17.

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A preliminary injunction hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 in federal court.

Court records state that this court order was entered to “prevent further injury, damage and loss to Plaintiffs.”

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Due to this ruling, starting Tuesday, all children in schools in Shelby County will have to wear masks, in accordance with the Shelby County Health Department’s latest health order.